China-swiss bilateral trade
ties between China and Europe (and with the countries within the region). To enhance the connectivity among the countries on the New Silk Road, the improvement of infrastructure is a key priority
eanwhile, China is one of Switzerland’s most important foreign trade partners, the largest market for Swiss exports in Asia and the third largest worldwide after the EU and the US. Therefore, the “Belt and Road” Initiative offers Western and Swiss companies tremendous opportunities for potential cooperation with Chinese in the fields of infrastructure, financial and professional services, advanced manufacturing as well as transport and logistics.
Swiss banks already deal with Renminbi business, insurance companies cooperate with Chinese partners, Swiss industrial companies contribute technologies to Chinese national owned companies, Swiss agricultural experience and know- how could well satisfy the need of converting to new- style professional farmers in China. Opportunities for agricultural equipment companies are also on the rise, as well as a better outlook for Swiss clean tech companies.
Possible business models for partnerships with Chinese companies could be joint partnerships, technology transfer, investment funding or engineering, procurement and construction (a form of contractual agreement in the construction industry).
to think across the board and not only look at the size of the market, the tax incentives and the level of salaries. Switzerland might not be the cheapest place to set up a factory but is certainly one of the most efficient and business friendly environment you can find in Europe.
Quite a few Chinese companies active in the solar energy, information and communications technology and pharma industry are present in Switzerland. Industries where Switzerland is strong and where clusters exist will attract investors in order to find suppliers, partners and customers.
There are multiple ways of investing in Switzerland for Chinese investors. The most often chosen is the set-up of a sales office, a global headquarter or a R& D center. To facilitate the procedure of investment in Switzerland, foreign investors may use the consulting services of the Swiss Business Hub at the Swiss Embassy and Consulates General. More information can be found on the homepage of Switzerland Enterprise Global: www.s-ge.com.